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Daisy, Lee and Lucy are Not Going Out

The new and returning shows keep on coming – John Byrne looks at some of the latest arrivals, including the much-hyped medical drama, The Knick . . .

The BBC has had a pretty dismal time of it with sitcoms in recent years. Sure, there's been the runaway success of the critically-mauled Mrs Brown's Boys (a co-production between BBC Scotland, RTÉ and Brendan O'Carroll's BOC-PIX), but the amount of either poor, dull, or downright awful comedies that have hit the small screen in recent years is in stark contrast to the UK broadcaster's comic golden age of the 1960s ...

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Outlander promises to be just the right side of bonkers

John Byrne’s TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Sat Oct 18 – Friday Oct 24)

In keeping with the weather, there's a deluge of new and returning shows so there's no need to go outside if you want to be entertained. Here goes . . .

Pick of the week

 Outlander, Tuesday , RTÉ2

This looks like a very promising love story that also combines sci-fi elements of time travel and promises to be just the right side of bonkers. While on her second honeymoon, World War II combat nurse Claire Randall, played by Irish actress Caitriona Balfe, is ...

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Scandal star Kerry Washington

Reviewed: The Blacklist (Fridays, Sky Living); Scandal (Thursdays, Sky Living); The Last Ship (Fridays, Sky 1); Boardwalk Empire (Saturdays, Sky Atlantic)

It's an all-American look at the telly this week as John Byrne takes in a transatlantic quartet of varying quality . . .

You just can't beat US TV shows. In terms of quality, variety, even quantity. There's just so much to choose from it's ridiculous.

Last Friday's episode of The Blacklist showed once again why this show has become one of the surprise hits of recent years in its native USA since its debut 12 months ...

Clive Owen stars in new HBO drama The Knick

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John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Sat Oct 11 - Fri Oct 17)

Host Dermot O'Leary and the X Factor judges

Two acts eliminated from last night's X Factor

A double elimination followed the first X Factor live shows this weekend with two of Louis Walsh's groups being voted off - boyband Overload Generation and duo Blonde Electra.

Bat's the way to do it: Nidge on his way to another home run

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Another telly-watching binge by a goggle-eyed John Byrne that this time involved a lot of mayhem, murder and some angry young men in Manchester. It's been an 'M' of a week.

Georgia May Foote

Corrie's Georgia May Foote signed to model agency

Coronation Street's Georgia May Foote has announced that she has been signed to Select Model Management.

Love/Hate returns for a fifth season

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John Byrne's TV choices for the week ahead (Dates covered: Saturday October 4 to Friday October 10)

Laura Dern is magnificent as flawed idealist Amy Jellicoe in Enlightened

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John Byrne caught up with some returned shows as well as a new US drama about people coming back from the dead. Does that constitute a theme?

The Leftovers could be the new Lost - or The River

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Loads of new shows to pore over this week - including some US drama and two new Irish fly-on-the-wall documentary series about life in Ireland in 2014.